ADD’EM by Mansell’s

This is a 1930’s card game by Mansell’s, London called ADD’EM.
“The game that counts!”
It has 52 cards with rules in English, French & Spanish. Here are the Rules of the Game  in English


by Mansell’s, London.

Any number of players can play Add-Em. The number, however, should not exceed four if only one pack is used. For each additional four players or proportion thereof an extra pack should be used.

A pack consists of 52 cards as follows : 21 Figure Cards (black), i.e., 0 to 8

three times. 10 Minus Figure Cards (black), i.e.

— 1 to — 5 twice. 13 Total Cards (Red) 0 to 12. 2 Add-Em cards, one odd and one even.

To find the dealer the players cut the cards, the player cutting lowest being the dealer, Minus cards counting as low, e.g. -2 is lower than 0. Thence dealing is taken in turn.

The cards should be well shuffled and six dealt to each player, and the remainder placed in the centre of the table face downwards.

The object of the game is to dispose of all the cards in your hand. The player first accomplishing this shouts “ADD-EM”, whereupon the other players count up their remaining cards in order to compute the score.

Player on left of dealer begins. He (or any subsequent player when no card is exposed on the table} must do one of three things :

May put down on the table any complete sum from his own hand of not less than three cards, one of which will be the total card, e.g.,

4 (comprising four cards in all.)
Total card 6


This sum is then placed beneath the pack, adding to the pool.

(2) If unable (or unwilling for tactical reasons) to do so, he may place face up on the table any card from his hand except a Total card or an Add-Em card.

(3) He may draw one card from the top of the pool.

It is then the next player’s turn, and if a card is exposed on the table he must do one of the three following :—

(a) He may complete a sum from the card exposed.

(b) He may pick up the card exposed and lay in its place two or more cards totalling the same value ; for example, pick up an 8 and lay 5 and 3, or pick up, say, —3 and lay 6, —4 and —5, thereby reducing the number of cards in his hand ; or

(c) He may draw the top card from the pool.

It is then the next player’s turn.

A complete sum may consist of 3 or more cards ; any completed sum is placed beneath the pack.

The use of the Add-Em cards is to help in the making of complete sums, and they may represent any ordinary or minus card contained in the pack, odd or even respectively, i.e.,

The Odd Add-Em card may be used as 1, 3, 5, 7, -1, -3 or -5.

The Even Add-Em card may be used as 2, 4, 6, 8, —2 or —4.-

The Add-Em cards may not be used as 0 or Total cards.


Even Add-Em card (representing —2) Total: 3

If when a player completes a sum he has left in his hand only one Total card or one or both Add-Em cards, he may immediately discard these and go ” ADD-EM,” thus completing that round, but he cannot discard one Total and one Add-Em card both at the same time. If left with only one figure card he must wait his next turn to discard it, which he can then do unless prevented by an exposed card laid by an opponent.


When ” ADD-EM ” has been called the players count their hands as follows :—

All Figure cards count as 1 each.

All Minus Fig. cards count as 1
All Total cards count as 3
The Add-Em cards count as 10

When a player’s score reaches 50 he must drop out.

A player being called upon to play and having only Total cards or Add-Em cards in his hand takes one from the pool, and the next player plays.

A player whose sum is proved wrong adds 5 points to his score as penalty, must pick up his cards, and the next player plays.


Published by Mansell’s, London. Entered at Stationers’ Hall, Reg. No. 7081. Made and printed in England.